Lewis Hamilton rates Austin as one of his three strongest circuits, the others being Silverstone and the Hungaroring. His record supports that, winning five out of the seven grands prix held at the Circuit of the Americas since the United States Grand Prix returned to the calendar in 2012.
A glance at Friday's timesheets is entirely in keeping with this, given Hamilton was fastest and three tenths of a second faster than Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.
Despite this, Ferrari's qualifying pace looks ominous enough and there's a chance Hamilton could still be looking at a Sunday afternoon where he's searching for track position thanks to a Saturday deficit. While Ferrari's speed-on-the-straight advantage won't be as pronounced here as in Mexico, it could still ultimately give it the edge.